23 June 2016

When Life is Scrappy >>> Make a Quilt

When Life is Scrappy MBS 
Hello friends! I've got something pretty great for you today. A couple years ago, Moda came out with this amazing free alphabet pattern called Spell It With Moda. I was dying to make one but was too busy to get around to making one. I don't feel bad at all with how long it's taken me, though, because I'm glad I had that time to consider what message I wanted to spell out on a quilt. And now you're really in luck, because I've made a tutorial on how to make one just like mine. It's up on the Moda Bake Shop here.
When Life is Scrappy MBS
Quilting by Abby Latimer
In addition to the free alphabet patterns, you will see instructions for 2 different space-filler blocks--an arrow block, and a small sawtooth star filler block. 
When Life is Scrappy MBS
Here is a quick reference to where you can find each letter's pattern (click on the letter you are looking for):
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 
When Life is Scrappy MBS
So have you already made a #spellitwithmoda quilt? What message will you put on yours?

09 June 2016

Cottage Blossoms Mini

LB151 Cottage Blossoms Mini cover
If you've been following me on Instagram (@lellaboutique), you've already seen a sneak peek of this cute new mini quilt I've been putting together. Well I've finally got the pattern written and printed up in a cute little 6-page booklet. So glad it's finally ready to share!
The pattern is called Cottage Blossoms Mini, and as the name implies--it's a miniature version of my Cottage Blossoms pattern that debuted in Little Miss Sunshine fabric last fall--probably my favorite quilt to date! This mini version is in my new fabric Olive's Flower Market
Cottage Blossoms Mini
The pattern is now available in my shop as a PDF or paper pattern and is perfect for all of those scraps you're trying to use up.
I'm offering a 20% discount in my shop through the weekend when you purchase 2 items or more using the promo code FLOWERPOWER20 at checkout. Now I'm thinking crazy thoughts like making a quilt out of a bunch of these mini blocks! 

01 June 2016

FQS Simple Zipper Bag

I thought things would slow down after quilt market...not so, ha ha. Luckily, I allowed myself a little break yesterday to whip up this totally sweet Simple Zipper Bag by Sherri McConnell for Fat Quarter Shop. Check out the full video here
This was quick and easy to make--I literally made it last night after I put the kids in bed! I used fabric from my new line, Olive's Flower Market (shipping to shops in November).
Olive's Flower Market3 
I'm already using mine to store some of my favorite trims.
Be sure to check out the other versions made by other designers: 
Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset 
Jessee from An Art School Dropout's Life 
Erin from Why Not Sew? 
Kitty from Night Quilter 
Leanne from She Can Quilt 
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl 
Sherri from A Quilting Life 
Cristy from Love You Sew 
Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker 
Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress 
Of course, you can make your own version and share it with the world using the hashtag #simplezipperbag on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Thanks for stopping by!

19 May 2016

Olive's Flower Market patterns

Olive's Flower Market
It's time to show you some exciting new stuff I've been working on! I've got 5 new quilt patterns using my newest fabric line, Olive's Flower Market which will ship to shops November 2016. Let's get right to it!
Open Heart
LB146 Open Heart
I once read that having an open heart means not leaving anyone out of it. I love this idea because it means giving others the benefit of the doubt and trying to see good in them. It just sort of stuck with me and that's where the Open Heart quilt idea was born. 
Open Heart
As I started taking the quilt down from taking pictures, Olive requested a picture with the sewing machine. How could I refuse?! She is such a giant piece of my heart.
Open Heart is made using either 30 fat eighths or 15 fat quarters. And can we talk about the pretty flowery quilting by Abby Latimer? Just lovely!
Open Heart
It was so much fun to piece and uses simple techniques perfect for beginner to intermediate level.
Open Heart
When I sat down to design this quilt, I started playing around with background color and could not decide on a white or black crossweave background so I made both. 
This was my first time using crossweave and I have a couple quick tips I'd like to share:
1) Pre-wash all materials! The crossweave shrinks more than the regular cotton prints which can noticeably alter that overall shape of your quilt after its first washing.
2) When piecing with crossweave, use starch. The crossweave is a little more stretchy than regular cotton prints, so using starch will help keep your blocks crisp and in their proper shape.
And that's it! I love love LOVE Moda crossweave and the texture it brings to a quilt, not to mention how great these sweet and soft colors pop against it.
Diagonal plaid quilting by Abby Latimer--one of my all-time favorite pantographs!

LB147 Homestead
Many of the prints of Olive's Flower Market remind me of an old cottage or bed & breakfast so I wanted at least one quilt with a traditional sort of feel to it. Homestead is a Layer Cake® quilt and you will hardly believe how easily the blocks come together! A few of the blocks get a special pop by replacing the white background fabric with an accent print.
Homestead quilt
The Homestead quilt currently lives on my bed and I love it! I have been really excited to decorate my bedroom with Olive's Flower Market since its inception.
LB148 Candy Box
Here's a charm pack quilt that is good enough to eat! I have always liked the idea of displaying 5'' x 5'' squares like they were a delicious box of chocolates. The best part is it only takes 1 charm pack plus a little yardage of your favorite accent print for the background design.
Speaking of eye candy, check out the beautiful quilting detail by Abby Latimer. 
Candy Box quilt 
LB149 Bloomington
My little girl loves going out in the garden and picking flowers. I think all girls, young and old, must love for flowers--they are such happy things! The Bloomington quilt combines a flower shape with sweet little nine-patches and is made using just 30 Jelly Roll® strips!
Bloomington quilt
The "Clementine" quilting by Abby Latimer turned out perfectly! 
Bloomington quilt
The quilt finishes at 80'' x 80'' and comes together pretty quickly thanks to strip-piecing.
Bloomington quilt
Homestead Mini
Quick and easy to construct, just like it's mama quilt. This mini Homestead quilt is perfect as a table topper, wall hanging, or a quilt for your favorite 18'' doll. 
LB150 Homestead Mini
Time for me to pack this stack of quilts and get 'em up to Salt Lake for quilt market. If you'd like to check out the action going on there this week, find me on instagram @lellaboutique.
Olive's Flower Market
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite?

16 May 2016

Olive's Flower Market

"Flowers are happy things." -P.G. Wodehouse  
Olive's Flower Market
Imagine your dream cottage or bungalow and think of flowery wallpaper, lace curtains, and a little kitchen garden with herbs and flowers. From the balcony, you spy a little flower shop beckoning you to gather an armful of your favorite pink and white flowers to take home. The pink striped awning, chalkboard signs, and black and white tile floors remind you of a flower shop you would find in Paris. So what are you waiting for? Take a stroll through Olive's Flower Market and breathe in the sweet sophistication of these happy images Vanessa has created for you. 
Showing at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City (May 20-22) with a November 2016 ship date. Stay tuned for patterns in the next post. 
Olive's Flower Market4
Coordinating Aurifil thread colors:
  • 2437 pale pink (Sunshine threadbox)
  • 2435 coral (Sunshine threadbox)
  • 5011 taupe (Sunshine threadbox)
  • 2630 charcoal
  • 2886 green 

26 April 2016

Sew Sampler by Fat Quarter Shop

I went out of town last weekend and when I came home I had a lovely little box waiting for me--Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler subscription. Want to take a peek?!
Inside I found all sorts of goodies! Quilt and block patterns, a yummy charm pack of Grow by Me & My Sister for Moda, a small pair of rainbow thread cutters, a little set of tools for the sewing machine, and a little Creative Grids ruler. I'm stoked to try out the Creative Grids ruler--it has grippers to help prevent the ruler from sliding and I have never seen that built into a ruler before.
There are so many new and exciting notions coming out all the time that it's hard to keep up sometimes. Talk about a great way to try out new things! Check out Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler and sign up here.
 Oh and speaking of Fat Quarter Shop, they're getting ready to launch the 2016 Moda Mystery Block of the Month starring my Little Miss Sunshine fabric. Spots are limited, so be sure to get over and sign up for that here.
Photograph courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop
I'm almost ready to show you new fabric and new patterns! Hang tight for a couple more weeks :)

08 April 2016

Frivolous Friday

"Of this be sure, you do not find the happy life, you make it." -Thomas S. Monson 
Moda Frivols no. 9
April is a great month for all you makers out there. Not only is it starting to warm up outside, but things are about to get sunny in your studio as Moda's Frivols no. 9 tin gets ready to ship. This sweet collectible tin-of-the-month stars my Little Miss Sunshine fabric and I'm happy to share a little about it today, and most importantly, give some away!
If you're new to Frivols, here's exactly what you can expect to find inside of this happy little tin: 
  • A quilt pattern for the "Olive" quilt that can be made using the pre-cut roll
  • A Little Miss Sunshine coloring book
  • 1 Maker block card featuring a bonus block pattern and a copy of my favorite quote
Here's a closer look at the "Olive" quilt--named after my own sweet little girl.

Frivols quilt "Olive"
And here, of course, is Little Miss Sunshine herself.
***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*** To celebrate Frivols (and all things frivolous), I think it only makes sense to do a giveaway. Or three. Yes, three giveaways sounds better. Let's go ahead and give one set of my Frivols away here on the blog, one set on Facebook, and one set on Instagram. Entries are for U.S. participants only (sorry), and here's how it will work:
  1.  Leave ONE comment here on this blog post. On Monday 4/11/16, I'll pick a winner from the comments for one set of the Frivols. Congrats Kim Courtright!
  2. Follow Lella Boutique on Facebook and leave ONE comment on the giveaway post there. On Monday 4/11/16, I'll pick another winner from the comments there to win one set of the Frivols. Congrats Kasey Schultz-Saindon!
  3. Follow Lella Boutique on Instagram (@lellaboutique) and leave ONE comment on the giveaway post there. On Monday 4/11/16, I'll pick yet another winner from the comments there. Congrats @beckyallen5!
But that's not everything! Go check out JoAnna, Edyta and Sweetwater's blogs too--they are giving away some of theirs too!

06 April 2016

The Diamond Block {Crossroads QAL}

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, without exception! I've just caught up with this month's block for Fat Quarter Shop's Crossroads Quilt-Along and they are so pretty in Joanna Figueroa's Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric! This is such a beautiful quilt and the cause it benefits is even better. If you haven't started yet, it's not too late! Head over to Fat Quarter Shop's blog and get yourself caught up. Happy Wednesday!